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ABOUT LAVA [ print ]
 

Situated at 3500 meters above sea level, in a quiet, secluded amidst dense forests of Birch, Pine and Juniper trees alongwith a huge variety of orchids is this small hamlet called Lava. Just a three hour drive from the nearest airport and railway station, it makes for a perfect place to lose yourself in the mystic charm of the mist covered hills where the summers are delightfully pleasant and the winters snow cold. Lava is one of the few getaways yet to be discovered by the rest of the world.

Wake up to the breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Be enchanted by the rare species of birds and flora of Neora Valley National Park (which is just a short walk away).

Perhaps, even rediscover yourself at one of the world's most renowned Kagyu Monastery.

 

 

 

Kanchenjunga in evening light
 
View of Monastery from the Resort
 
 

 

Chortens at Lava Monastery
A BIRD WATCHER'S PARADISE
 

The road stretch from Algarah to Lava and the north west area of the Neora Valley National Park is a birding hotspot.  The Lava area is home to the Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Broad-billed Warbler, Blue-fronted Robin, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Scarlet Finch and many more rarely sighted birds.

 
WHAT TO SEE
 

Panoramic snow views: Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Siniolchu, Jalep La Pass, and Rechila Pass. Best view points are Sherpa view point and Tiffin Dara

Nature Interpretation Centre: Operated by the Forest Department, focuses on flora, fauna and local people interacting with ecology to conserve soil and forests of the area.

Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery and Ngedon Chag-Chen Ling Retreat:
Since 1987 on a hill, overlooking the snow-mountain range to the north, the Monastery is surrounded by ancient forests and enveloped in mists for most of the year. In this remote, secluded place, monks in the Monastery are intensively engaged in Buddhist studies. There is also a 3-year retreat centre, Ngedon Chag-Chen Ling, which follows the ancient contemplative tradition of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.

Neora National Park: Lava is the gateway to the Neora National Park standing hidden in the mist & clouds almost throughout the year at a height of about 2350 mts (7755 ft). This National Park is at the junction of Sikkim, West Bengal and Bhutan. A short trek of 3 days will cover Rachela Danda (Tri-junction of West Bengal, Bhutan and Sikkim).

  Chagay Waterfalls
 
Lava Bazaar
THINGS TO DO

1. In and around the village you can walk to the monastery and the Neora Valley Reservoir and the Inventory.

2. Local Tour: There are a number of places you may cover by jeep or take short Treks: 2 & a 1/2 kms west of the bazar is the Tiffin Dara from where one gets a panoramic view of the Kangchendzonga range. Again 6 kms south of the bazar is the Samabiong Tea Garden (organic tea) popular for its panoramic views/sunrise from Ghanti Dara. Those interested in monasteries may drive 7 kms to Gitkolbung (Guruchukhi) monastery.

3. Drive 14 kms through the forests to Changey waterfalls is a delightful experience

Numerous short and long treks are possible from Lava: Two days trek through the forests and rivers to Dali fort,

Loleygaon also called Kapher, is 25 kms from Lava, along a lovely forest drive and dry picnic, you can take a packed lunch from the Resort and picnic at the forest park. It has a heritage forest and a view point for snow ranges of Singalila Range

Trek to Reshap for a couple of hours for a day picnic and 180º view of the Himalayas

Other activities like bird-watching, camping, mountain bike trips, anthropological tours etc are possible from Lava

 
FACT SHEET

Lava: Hidden in mists and clouds, at an altitude of 2,350 Metres with Neora National Park at its backdrop, is a starting point for trekking to the Neora National Park , which is a storehouse of flora, wildlife and leads to the 3,152 metre high RacheLa tri-junction of Bhutan , Sikkim and West Bengal , with a panoramic view of the Chola Range .It is popular for nature exploration and bird watching.

Altitude: 2,350 Metres, this small village, on the old trade route to Bhutan, is surrounded by virgin pine forests.

Highest Hill: Rachela - 3152 mts.

Climate:
Summer: Mar to Jun - 10°C -20°C
Monsoons: Jul to Aug
Autumn & Winter: Sep to Feb: Subzero - 10°C

Clothing: Tropical in Summer with a light sweater and rainwear. Woolens in Autumn and Heavy Woolens in the Winter.

Languages Spoken: Nepali, Hindi, Bengali, Tibetan & English.


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